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How to Use Baking Soda to Neutralize Bad Car Odors

On a long car trip, a bad smell in your car is the worst. Whether it's spilled milk or wet dog smell, you want to get it out of your car before you go on a long trip or even just your daily commute. We want you to be able to enjoy your trips in your vehicle, so we've come up with a couple of ways that you can mitigate some of the noxious odors that sometimes invade cars.

If you spill something, one of the first things that you should do is wipe it up immediately.  

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Start at the Top to Get Clean Tires

The tires on your vehicle might seem like they would be difficult to clean because of their shape, but there are some tips that you can put to use to clean them a bit easier. Begin washing your tires at the top. This will allow for the dirt and debris to slide down the area that hasn't been cleaned yet.

Use a different bucket and sponge when you clean your tires as these are areas that usually get dirtier than other areas of your car. A long brush with stiff bristles works best when cleaning your tires to remove…

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Choose Your Winter Tire According to Your Preference

There are quite a few different types of tires. Among the different types of tires that are available are the summer tires, all-season tires, and winter tires. However, as you look into the winter tires, you are going to find a lot of different types of tires within the options.

Among the choices you are going to be looking at when it comes to winter tires are studded and studless tires. The tires you should choose depend on your preference. Each of them have their sets of advantages that you should keep in mind when choosing the tire. 

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When You Have a Chip in Your Windshield, Have it Repaired With Resin

You spend a lot of time and money keeping your vehicle in top-notch shape. That's why it's such a pain when you're behind a truck that doesn't have any mud flaps. The wheels fling up a small rock, and then you're stuck with a chip in your windshield. While it's not the best situation, you can have the windshield repaired to make it stronger.

When a windshield repair company fixes a chip in the windshield, the technician injects resin into the chip so that the point of damage is stronger. It's not exactly…

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How to Correct a Slide on Icy Roads

When snowstorms hit, you have to be careful of icy roads. There are a few things that can happen with icy roads. For one, your wheels can lock up and cause you to slide across lanes of traffic. Even with the toughest brakes and snow tires, you may still fishtail during snowy conditions. The best way to correct this is to your wheels into the slide. This will cause your wheels to correct the path and turn straight, but you have to do this in a gentle, calm way.

When people panic, they tend to over-correct or even accelerate when…

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Build a Winter Survival Kit: Be Prepared!

Preparing for the worst in winter driving is essential for safety, especially when you are driving in icy conditions. We at Bowman Auto Center want our community to prepare for all types of weather, so we've compiled a few tips on how to build a survival kit.

If you know the weather is going to be especially harsh, it is a good idea to keep your survival kit close to you inside the car, instead of in your trunk. Standard items that will keep you warm and healthy include gloves, extra clothes, blankets, hats, food, and water. 

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Everything You Need to Know About Mufflers and Exhaust Systems

An effective muffler and emissions system will not only make your vehicle run more quietly, but it will also be doing a great service to the environment. Malfunctioning exhaust systems can leak harmful emissions into the air, causing a host of problems for you, your car, and the air around you.

Noise that continues to get louder as you accelerate is a sign that you may need a new muffler and should have your vehicle thoroughly examined. Reduced gas mileage is also a sign that your vehicle's exhaust system may not be functioning at optimal levels. 

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Your Vehicle Needs Brake Fluid

Your vehicle cannot stop without brake fluid. The fluid is a non-compressible substance in the brake lines. Brake fluid operates under intense pressure. It moves the complex components in the vehicle’s braking system.

There are several types of brake fluids. Brake fluids can be classified as glycol-based or silicone-based. Glycol-based brake fluids are common in vehicles that have anti-lock brake systems. Silicone-based fluids are used in vehicles that do not have anti-lock brakes.  

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Let the Suspension System Steer You Right

A vehicle's suspension system works to deliver a smooth ride by minimizing bumps in the road and improving overall comfort. Signs of a deteriorating suspension system include the decrease in the ability to remain straight while driving and an increase in vehicle vibration and bouncing.

A worn and tired suspension system can negatively affect the safety and function of a vehicle. A shock and struck replacement or servicing can work to improve the suspension in your vehicle and deliver a smoother ride. 

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Why You Should Dispel Motor Oil Myths

There are a number of things you need to take into consideration when it comes to your vehicle's routine maintenance and repairs. You need to make sure fluid levels are topped off periodically, including the oil, transmission fluid, and windshield washer fluid. Your brakes should be inspected, and you need air filters and oil filters changed out. These maintenance items contribute to how efficient your vehicle is overall.

When it comes to your motor oil, you may have been given advice at some point that doesn't work for your specific vehicle. 

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